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Please carefully read the following terms of service relating to your use of thehappystepmother.com. and any or all services offered throughout the website. By using this site, you signify your acceptance of these TOS (terms of service). The Happy Stepmother reserves the right to update or changes these TOS at any time by posting the most current version of them on the site. Your continued use of the site after we post any changes to the TOS signifies your agreement to any such changes.

Use and browsing of the site is at your own risk. If you are dissatisfied with any of the material contained in the site or services, or with any of these TOS, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue accessing and using the site and services.

About the The Happy Stepmother Website
The Happy Stepmother is a website created for stepmothers and soon-to-be stepmothers. We offer a safe, nonjudgmental environment where stepmothers can encourage and support each other in one of the most challenging roles in the world.

All content, literature, graphics, and images on The Happy Stepmother are purely informational, and are in no way intended to replace professional counseling or treatment by a mental health specialist. None of the information provided by Steps for Stepmother is meant to encourage self-diagnosis or the diagnosis of any other person. All users are asked to visit a health care professional for questions related to their well-being. If you require advice for any legal, financial, or psychological matter, you should consult an appropriate professional.

The Happy Stepmother, its contractors, and any other third parties are in no respect liable, either directly or indirectly, for damages, harm or discomfort that may result from the use or misuse of information published on this site. This includes any such damage, harm or discomfort that may be the consequence of self-diagnosis or the diagnosis of others. The Happy Stepmother is not responsible for the content posted by users of the posting board. The use of content found on The Happy Stepmother is at the visitor's own risk. The Happy Stepmother and possible third parties represented on this site neither guarantee nor warrant that the information and materials provided on this website are true, accurate, complete, non-misleading, or up-to-date. While The Happy Stepmother will make reasonable efforts to update any information on its site, it is under no obligation to do so.

The Happy Stepmother is intended exclusively for stepmothers to support and encourage each other. No advertising, promotions, marketing, or any other solicitation is permitted unless written consent is obtained from Rachelle Katz at rachellek@att.net. Forms of advertising and other solicitations include:
• Promoting another book, website, blog, or other endeavor
• Work-at-home businesses
• Products that you are selling (personal or professional)
• Job opportunities
• Charities and charitable causes
• Promoting your entry in a contest

Registering as a Member
You do not have to be a member of The Happy Stepmother to use this site. However, only members can access some features and services of the site, such as the posting board, or other services that may be offered in the future. Registration is free. If you are not registered with us, please register on the posting board page to become eligible for all The Happy Stepmother features.

When you register with The Happy Stepmother, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. You will also be asked to select a screen name and password which will serve to identify you as a member each time you visit the Site and allow you to access your account. You may not (i) select or use a screen name of another person with intent to impersonate that person, (ii) use a screen name in which another person has rights without authorization from that person, or (iii) use a screen name that The Happy Stepmother, at its sole discretion, deems offensive. You agree to provide (i) true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form, and (ii) maintain and properly update the Profile Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or The Happy Stepmother has reasonable grounds to suspect that you have, we have the right to suspend or terminate your membership and refuse any and all current or future use of the site and the services (or any portion thereof). Members must immediately notify The Happy Stepmother of any known or suspected unauthorized use of a member's account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of member's password. Members should be cautious about sharing their account information with third parties. Each member is responsible for the confidentiality of her/his screen name and password and all usage or activity on her/his account, including use of the account by any third party, whether or not such use is authorized by the member.

Age Requirements
To use this site and the service offered, you must be 18 years old or older. By accessing this site, you are certifying that you are at least 18 years of age. Use of the site and service is void where prohibited.

Your Usage of The Happy Stepmother
This site and the services offered are intended for your personal, noncommercial use in accordance with these TOS. You agree that you will not (i) copy, display or distribute any part of the site, in any medium, without Step for Stepmother’s prior written consent, or (ii) alter or modify any part of the site other than as may be reasonably necessary to use the site for its intended purpose.

You further agree that you will not use any automated devices, such as spiders, robots or data mining techniques to catalog, download, store or otherwise reproduce, store or distribute content available on the site, or to manipulate the site or the services, or otherwise exceed the limited access granted to you by The Happy Stepmother. You will take no action to interfere with, interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of the site or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment. You will not distribute or transmit any content or software or other computer files that contain a computer virus or other harmful component.

User Conduct
As an online community, we can only thrive if we our members act responsibly. We believe that all members and visitors benefit from basic rules for acceptable conduct while using the site and the services. These rules have been encoded into our Community Guidelines. By using the site, you agree to comply with the Community Guidelines.

User Submissions
Most of the content on The Happy Stepmother is submitted by our members. We encourage you to participate in online discussions with members of the The Happy Stepmother community.

You acknowledge that by using the site, you may be exposed to content that you find objectionable, indecent or offensive or which is inaccurate, misleading or incomplete. We are not responsible for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any content, nor do we endorse such content. We do not verify the identity of people using our site. You use the site and the content at your own risk.

All content that you post to The Happy Stepmother must comply with these TOS and our community guidelines. You take sole responsibility for all content that you post on the site and the consequences of posting that content. You are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights to upload, post and distribute the content, including obtaining permission from any person shown in a photo that you upload or identified in any writing that you post. You agree that you will not upload, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any content that is:
• threatening, defamatory, abusive, obscene, pornographic, or any material that would give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable law;
• any materials that could infringe any copyright, trademark, publicity or privacy right or any other intellectual property right of any person or entity unless you have first received permission from the owner of those rights to use the materials;
• any materials containing slurs, hate speech or which attack an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sexual preferences;
• any materials that contain an email address, telephone number, street address, last name, or any other content or information that identifies a user;
• any materials that constitute spam. Sending the same message multiple times or to multiple people will be treated as spam.

By submitting content to the site, you grant to The Happy Stepmother and its successors in business a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, modify, edit, display, adapt, create derivative works from and market and promote the content, for any commercial purposes, and in any medium now existing or hereinafter developed, and to use your name, likeness and any personal information you submit with the content without your prior approval or the payment of any compensation. You also grant each user of the The Happy Stepmother site a non-exclusive license to access your content as permitted through the functionality of the site and under these TOS.

Our Content Removal Rights
We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to monitor, edit, or remove any content at any time and without notice if we believe that (i) the content violates these TOS or the Community Guidelines, (ii) removal is necessary to protect the rights, property or personal safety of The Happy Stepmother, its users and the public, or (iii) if required to do so by law. We also reserve the right to remove postings that are off the subject or not in English. We can also remove content if we believe that doing so will improve our site and the experience of our members.

If you believe that any postings on the site violate these TOS or the Community Guidelines, please let us know by contacting Rachelle Katz at rachellek@att.net. We try to review all reported violations and, if we agree with you, we’ll take appropriate action. However, in all cases, we are the final judge on whether these TOS or Community Guidelines have been violated and we will determine what, if any, action should be to taken.

Termination of Membership
We can suspend or terminate your membership in The Happy Stepmother and your access to the site or the services, in whole or in part, at any time, immediately and without notice if, at The Happy Stepmother’ sole discretion, you fail to comply with any of the TOS or the Community Guidelines. We may also terminate your membership at any time, immediately and without notice, if we determine, in our sole discretion, that your conduct is detrimental to our business or the The Happy Stepmother community. The Happy Stepmother shall be the sole determiner in cases of suspected abuse, fraud, or breach of these TOS or community guidelines. Termination of your membership will result in cancellation of all rights of access and use granted to members. Any decision The Happy Stepmother makes relating to termination or suspension of any Member's account shall be final and binding.
Members may terminate their membership at any time by sending their request to Rachelle Katz, at rachellek@att.net.

Proprietary Rights
The site and all material published on the site, including, but not limited to text, photographs, video, text, graphics, music, sounds, messages, comments, ratings, and other materials is owned by The Happy Stepmother or its licensors and is protected by copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets and/or other proprietary rights, including under the United States copyright laws. The Happy Stepmother owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content and a copyright in the site.

All trademarks appearing on this site ("Marks") are trademarks of their respective owners, including The Happy Stepmother and its partners. Users are prohibited from using any Marks without the written permission of The Happy Stepmother or such third party that may own the Marks.

Content on the site is provided “as is” for your information and personal use only. You may not copy, publish, transmit, distribute, perform, sell, create derivative works of, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part, without The Happy Stepmother prior written consent. You may download content for your personal, non-commercial use only as provided in these TOS, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Copying or storing of content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without prior permission from us or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in the content.

No License Granted
Except for allowing you to use the site for your personal use as set forth in the paragraph above, when you use the site, you are not receiving a license or any other rights from us, including intellectual property or other proprietary rights of The Happy Stepmother. You understand that you have no rights to the services or any other The Happy Stepmother property except as indicated in these terms.

Third Parties
The Happy Stepmother may link to other websites. The Happy Stepmother is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any third party. Please be aware when navigating away from The Happy Stepmother to another web site, you should read the privacy policy of that website to be sure you are properly informed.

The Happy Stepmother utilizes the services of PayPal® for purchases of products and services sold on the site. The personal and payment information collected by PayPal® comes within the scope of PayPal®'s own privacy policy. The Happy Stepmother is not responsible for the personal information you provide to PayPal. For the exact details concerning the use of your private information, The Happy Stepmother suggests reviewing PayPal®'s privacy policy. Furthermore, any information you provide to PayPal will remain unknown to The Happy Stepmother with the exception of information required to complete your order.

You understand that you are personally responsible for your behavior while on the site and agree to indemnify and hold The Happy Stepmother, and its affiliates, business partners, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, harmless from and against any loss, damage, liability, cost, or expense of any kind (including attorneys' fees) that we may incur in connection with a third party claim or otherwise, in relation to your use of the services or access to the Site, or your violation of either these TOS, applicable law or the rights of any third party.

Disclaimer of Warranties
You understand that your use of the site and services (including any downloads or any loss of data or other damage to your computer system you experience from using the site and services) is at your sole risk. You understand that the site and services and all information, products, and other content (including third party information, products, and content included in or accessible from the site and servicers, are provided on an “as is,” “where- is,” and “where available,” basis and are subject to change at any time without notice to you. You acknowledge that The Happy Stepmother makes no warranty that the site or service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free. You understand that The Happy Stepmother does not warranty that the results obtained from your use of the site and services will meet your expectations. No warranty of any kind, whether oral or written, can modify the terms of this disclaimer set forth in this document.

Liability Disclaimer
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will The Happy Stepmother, or its affiliates be liable to you (or any third party making claims through you) for any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to any direct, indirect, special, consequential, punitive, or incidental damages or damages for loss of use, profit, data, or other intangibles related to the cost of procured of substitute goods or services, unauthorized access to and tampering with your personal information or transmissions arising out of or related to the use, inability of use, unauthorized use, performance or non-performance of the site or the services even if The Happy Stepmother has been advised previously of the possibility of such damages and whether such damages arise in contract, negligence, tort, under statutes, in equity, at law, or otherwise.

If any part of these warranty disclaimers or limitations of liability is found to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, then our aggregate liability for all claims under such circumstances for liabilities shall not exceed ten dollars ($10).

Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") Notice
Materials may be made available via the site and the services by third parties are not within our control. We are under no obligation to, and do not, scan content posted, however, we respect the copyright interests of others. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to infringe another party's copyright to remain on the site or the service.
If you believe any materials on the site or the service infringe a copyright, you should provide us with written notice that at a minimum contains:
1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

All DMCA notices should be sent to:
The Happy Stepmother
61 West 9th Street, Suite 1A
New York, New York 10011